Briefcase – “Strange for Miles”

Photo Credit: Libby Marx

“Strange for Miles” is a catching rocker from Minneapolis-based band Briefcase, via their newly released IIIP EP. The vocals open invitingly to “take my hand,” amidst chipper guitars, resembling The New Pornographers in their all-out, hook-friendly rock enthusiasm. The two-minute turn — “feel alive,” — stands out in particular for its fleeting tonal shifting, the escalating rhythmic intensity culminating in a guitar-fronted suaveness.

Their third EP in as many years, IIIP offers three tracks — with each of the band members infusing a prominent direction. Brian’s indie-rock leanings, Jeff’s blues-rock inclinations, and Meleck’s psych-metal love converge for a sound that remains cohesive throughout with a catchy rock-forward vigor, even as each of the three tracks shine with their individual stylistic flair.

Stream the EP below:

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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